The kitchen is the indisputable heart of the home. It has evolved over time from simply a room for cooking meals into a multi-functional space where we also eat, work, share, gather and entertain. With such a pivotal role to play, it’s not surprising that an outdated kitchen is a major drawback when selling a house.



Kitchen with Island, Sink, Cabinets, and Hardwood Floors in New Luxury Home, with View of Living Room, Dining Room, and Outdoor Patio

If you’re aiming for a bold change that will make a real impact, replace the countertops – particularly if you currently have a dull laminate. Rather than going with granite, look into the newest “it” material: Quartz is being praised for its superior luster and versatility. There are some gorgeous patterns and grains to choose from, with the bonus benefits of being durable and stain-resistant.



Cabinet doors on white background

In addition to counters, cabinetry is another huge statement piece in the kitchen. The good news is that there is a way to update it without breaking the bank. Take a hint from the latest mix-and-match approach that pleasantly blends a variety of textures, colors and materials. Change out just the doors on your cabinets or the drawer faces in order to create a unique, two-toned effect. Showcase chic, darker colors with a lighter or brighter hue as an accent.



A detailed view of new construction of a kitchen counter with glass tile backsplash.

Splashy backsplashes can really jazz things up. Along the same lines as choosing an accent color for your cabinetry, selecting a vibrant choice to line the walls (blue is topping lists everywhere) is a hot way to make things pop. Boring white subway tile is making way for more intriguing options.



Water tap made of stone

Combining practicality with good looks, stone sinks will be all the rage. Hand carved from a single piece of stone, there are no seams or edges to accumulate unsightly dirt, mold or crumbs. Whether you opt for a wide, accommodating farmhouse style or a small and thoughtfully placed prep sink, this new route is a solid choice.



Modern kitchen with black furniture and wooden floor

Change out harsh fluorescent light or an old-fashioned ceiling lamp to make a huge difference without also making a big dent in your wallet. There are any number of cool lighting fixtures that can transform the space – above an island, over the counters or in the nook – with a simple installation. Don’t be afraid to select a look that’s more “of the moment” if you are really in love with it.  It will be easy and inexpensive enough to implement another update if and when your tastes change after a few years.


Depending on the allowable budget, any combination of these exciting trends could help you create a kitchen that really wows and ultimately amps up your home’s selling power.